Culture Ministry to develop Cultural Heritage Code

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The Minister of Culture, Religious Affairs and National Heritage Hunor Kelemen stated on Tuesday that one of the Ministry’s priorities for 2010 was to develop a Cultural Heritage Code and to submit it to the Parliament by October.

According to the Minister, the Code would comprise regulations regarding the heritage buildings protection, as well as a series of sanctions if they are deteriorated or inadequately intervened upon. ‘I have discussed with my colleagues, specialists outside the Ministry of Culture and our proposal is that until the end of October the Cultural Heritage Code project should be submitted to the Parliament. (…)

We shall start with general provisions, and then continue with very important definitions. At present, there is no coherence whatsoever as regards the legislation in this field, and we will carry on by chapters – in terms of built patrimony, mobile patrimony or material patrimony. The sanctions will represent the last part and we have plenty of work here to do as well, because unless we have clear and rigorous applicable sanctions, we will not manage to preserve the patrimony, especially the built one.

This is not the case with the mobile patrimony, though there are problems too, regarding the historic monuments, protected areas, and without a set of clear and severe sanctions we will not succeed in strengthening this field,’ said the Minister. Kelemen pointed out that in order to carry out the Ministry’s projects for 2010, he ‘would need more money, around 10 times more money than the present budget of the Ministry of Culture so that the historic monuments be restored.’

At the same time the Minister informed about the start of the negotiations with the Royal House representatives in order to extend the rent agreement of Peles Castle, saying that the decision of its being taken over by the state should be discussed and made within the Government. ‘The Royal House wishes to sell the castle.
When we are to receive a written notification, we will have to give an answer, in view of using the right of first refusal or not. If we do not use this right, the question is what will happen with the 60,000 items present in Peles and Pelisor Castles, and what will happen later with the castle itself,’ stressed the Minister of Culture.

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